Kyle Edmund advances to European Open final

Annette Crawford
October 24, 2018

Edmund lost his maiden final in Marrakech six months ago, but the Brit was not to be denied in Antwerp on Sunday, winning 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4).

Edmund executed a sublime backhand stop volley to perfection in a breaker that featured yet more thrilling baselines rallies as Monfils was denied an eighth title.

"I'm obviously very happy", said Edmund who broke into tears after the match.

"There's always been something to let me down".

"I had to really dig deep here and it's great I've been able to have this experience and come through".

Edmund was scheduled to face qualifier Ilya Ivashka in the quarter-finals but was handed a walkover when his Belarusian opponent was forced to withdraw from the contest with a thigh injury.

One break of serve proved enough for Monfils to take the opening set and the flamboyant Frenchman recovered from a break down to take the second to a tie-break, which top seed Edmund dominated.

Edmund will climb back to 14th in the world rankings, equalling his career high, but his hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals in London for the first time remain remote, with this tournament offering only 250 points for the victor.

Edmund was not the only British victor toasting success on Sunday.

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